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Pro-Tip: Don’t cheat on marathons, your devices will give you away

by Todd Haselton | February 25, 2017February 25, 2017 9:00 am PST

A woman named Jane Seo cheated during a recent half marathon in Florida. She was only caught because an online sleuth, who specializes in trying to catch cheating runners trying to qualify for bigger marathons, noticed that her fitness watch showed the wrong distance.

The self-established investigator, who runs MarathonInvestigation.com, noticed a picture of Seo at the finish line. After zooming in and cropping, he saw Seo’s watch revealed she ran just 11.65 miles, about a mile and a half short of the full race length. Busted!

Don’t wear a smartwatch if you’re gonna cheat, bucko

There’s much more to this case. Seo apparently re-traced her tracks on a bicycle later on, complete with GPS, in order to fake her route. Check out the sleuthing done by MarathonInvestigation.com. A lot of “crime” can be tracked using digital crumbs, GPS tracking, and digital forensics. Marathoning is not immune to this type of cheating. Next time don’t cheat or, if you do, leave the smartwatch at home. Just don’t cheat.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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